Written by: David Shimazaki
11/05/2012 3:37 PM
Where is the weather always warm, even in the winter? Where is the best place for scuba diving, snorkeling, and exploring the underwater world that is full of the astounding colors of coral reefs and rare fish? That would be the Florida Keys. Here you'll also find one of America's most scenic drives on the Overseas Highway, one of only thirty impressively titled All-American Roads, which extends over 100 miles into the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Once you've seen water so turquois as here, you won't be able to stop talking about it to all your friends!
When to Go
You can go year round. From December to May the Florida Keys are most heavily populated with college youth and tourists from the farthest reaches of the world, but this is when you'll have the best water conditions for scuba diving and snorkeling, minimal humidity, and warm weather. To avoid crowds, still have warm weather and perhaps best of all, reduced mosquito problems, then you may want to visit in March or September through November.
How to Get There
The closest airport is Miami International Airport - About 65 miles or approximately 1.5 hours' drive.
From Miami take US Highway 1 which goes from Miami to the Keys via the Overseas Highway.
How Long Should the Trip Be?
You require two day minimum for a trip along the Florida Keys. If you have the time we would recommend a three or four day trip in order to get the full experience of this very memorable area.
What to See and Do
Two-Day Visit - Key Largo to Big Pine Key - 65 miles.
The entire first day of you Florida Keys adventure will be enjoyed at Mile Marker 102.5 where you'll find John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, America's first underwater state park. Whether you've scuba dived or snorkeled before, you are in for an extraordinary experience as you explore the many incredible reefs off of Key Largo.
Three-Day Visit - Key Largo to Key West - 102 miles
Day One and Day Two
Complete the two-day visit itinerary.
Four-Day Visit - Key Largo to Key West and Back to Upper Matecumbe Key - 180 miles
Day One, Day Two and Day Three
Follow the itinerary for the first three days as set out in the Three-Day Visit.
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